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Old 09-04-2009, 05:04 AM   #1
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Sherco behind a KTM

Today my wee project became officially finished, well all except the registration that happens next week.








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Old 09-04-2009, 05:13 AM   #2
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Treg style coupling to allow bike to go offroad... or more likely, me to fall over.



Hitch is made from 12mm steel.

Was going to mount it to where the center stand was mounted, but stand is so strong figured I woudl just attach to that.

Whole hitch can be off in less than 3 minutes.

Trailer with bike and gear weighs in at about 200 kg

Feels a little weird at slow speed, but seems to quiclky settle down over about 10-20kmh... but have yet to give it agood run.





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Old 09-04-2009, 05:25 AM   #3
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Sensational stuff Auto..

It looked good when I saw it the other day but it looks even better finished.. Well done..

Just as a thought, what have you done to steady the KTM when loading the Sherco?? I`d imagine it would push the 990 off its side stand if you pushed the bike onto the trailer too hard..
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:31 AM   #4
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Sensational stuff Auto..

It looked good when I saw it the other day but it looks even better finished.. Well done..

Just as a thought, what have you done to steady the KTM when loading the Sherco?? I`d imagine it would push the 990 off its side stand if you pushed the bike onto the trailer too hard..
Actually I thought that, but stood on the very back of the trailer, I weigh about 30kg more than the Sherco and all it did was lift the back wheel off the ground a little.

Much more stable than I expected.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:43 AM   #5
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Excellent..

Look forward to seeing the finished product on Sunday..
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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Excellent..

Look forward to seeing the finished product on Sunday..
Not this Sunday as I couldn't get a registration apppointment until Wednesday.

It is only a small trailer and would be exempt, but being wider than the towing vehicle means it needs to be registered.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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Nice I have been thinking about doing the same thing with my 650L
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:01 PM   #8
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Treg style coupling to allow bike to go offroad... or more likely, me to fall over.



Hitch is made from 12mm steel.

Was going to mount it to where the center stand was mounted, but stand is so strong figured I woudl just attach to that.

Whole hitch can be off in less than 3 minutes.

Trailer with bike and gear weighs in at about 200 kg

Feels a little weird at slow speed, but seems to quiclky settle down over about 10-20kmh... but have yet to give it agood run.






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Is this style coupling common in AU? Production? Home made?

Nice work!

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Old 09-04-2009, 10:26 PM   #9
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Common for off road
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:37 AM   #10
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Good work man! We have a guy here in PA that hauls his trials bike on a side car on his Harley!
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:46 AM   #11
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:13 PM   #12
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Initial ride report.

Rides like having a heavy novice pillion on the back, except it does not squash the suspension down.

U turns - no probs

Up and down curbs and slow maneuvering - a little wobbly but soon get used to it, speed and looseness is your friend, sort of like riding in sand (to a point)

General riding - much like the feel of towing a laden trailer behind a car, just need to use care when braking etc.

Harder braking - could feel the trailer trying to pick one side then the other as the brakes were fed on hard from about 80k / 50 mph, not an issue if you are familiar with riding slippery surfaces off road but may be scary for street only riders.

Slippery surfaces - I found a factory construction site, excavated clay and it was wet (not my brightest idea for the day) and tried crossing it slowly. Trailer wants to push the front wheel around, but as long as you steer with the pegs and body weight it is not an issue, try steering with the bars and you'd probably be on your butt fast.

Have yet to try the freeway, that happens this weekend. But if it has a propensity to wobble or weave I will be shifting the axle back about 8". According to the trailer supplier this is common when using this trailer behind bikes and improves the handling.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:31 PM   #13
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Would some sort of electric brakes be a good thing for the trailer: Also I find that the longer the arm on the trailer is the less tendency to wobble from side to side (in a car at least).

Cool setup.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:57 PM   #14
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Awesome set up! The best of both worlds!
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